Photos of Symphyotrichum-firmum-~-smooth-swamp-aster

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Symphyotrichum firmum ~ smooth swamp aster



Symphyotrichum-firmum-~-smooth-swamp-aster


Characteristics:

  • FACW

  • Michigan C Value: 4

  • formerly known as Aster firmus or a subspecies of Aster puniceus

  • pale blue or pale lilac flowers (often almost white)

  • leaves CLASPING the stems

  • few hairs on stems (all hairs mostly in straight lines)

  • leaves do not typically get bigger down the stem

  • stem typically mainly greenish but can be often purplish

  • often compact and leafy to the top of the plant

  • can be a BIG bushy plant

  • spreads by long, creeping rhizomes (colonial)

  • can form large showy colonies

  • often in somewhat dryer habitats than S. puniceum

  • a typical sedge meadow dominant

  • commonly near Symphyotrichum puniceum

  • native



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